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27 Apr

Last week, the world came together in Tokyo as the top six figure skating teams of the season competed in the second ISU World Team Trophy. Team USA, comprised of Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold, Jeremy Abbott, Adam Rippon, Caydee Denney and John Coughlin and Meryl Davis and Charlie White earned the silver medal behind the host country Japan.

Courtesy of Renee Felton, here are pictures from Yoyogi National Stadium from ISU World Team Trophy 2012.

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Team USA Wins Silver at ISU World Team Trophy 2012

21 Apr

Saturday, April 21st – Yoyogi National Stadium – Tokyo

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Team USA Press Release   | Event Photos

Results | Team Standings | ISU World Team Trophy 2012 competition notes (PDF)

Well, fans, it’s time to say goodbye to the 2011-12 figure skating season!

The ISU World Team Trophy 2012 wrapped up today with Team USA winning the silver medal behind Team Japan. Team Canada grabbed the third spot on the podium after sitting in fourth place after the first two days of competition.

1. Team Japan – 55

2. Team USA – 53

3. Team Canada – 42 (Wins tiebreaker)

4. Team France – 42

5. Team Russia – 39

6. Team Italy – 39

The final day of competition began with the pairs free skate. Caydee Denney and John Coughlin, who wanted to “leave the season with a good taste in our mouths,” did just that by skating a clean program that engaged the crowd from the opening note. Their competition total was 175.98 points after receiving 117.05 for the free skate.

Meanwhile, in the Kiss and Cry, Team USA was determined to amp up its team spirit. With the help of the World pairs champions Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from Germany, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Jeremy Abbott, Adam Rippon and Denney and Coughlin started the wave.

Denney and Coughlin finished fourth and earned nine points toward the U.S.’s final score. Russia’s Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov placed first with 180.70 points while Team Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were second. Short program leaders Narumi Takahashi and Mervin Tran of Japan finished third.

In the ladies event, Ashley Wagner, the 2012 U.S. and Four Continents champion, skated one of her best “Black Swan” free skates of the season, earning 122.29 points for the segment and 179.81 overall to finish third.

“That performance was just the way I wanted to end my ‘Black Swan’ program,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite programs by far and to skate it clean is quite extraordinary. To top it off, I had a great double Axel-triple toe. Overall, it was a solid program. For the end of the season and the last program, it’s a great way to wrap everything up.”

Gracie Gold rounded our her senior debut by finishing fifth with a total of 169.65 points. She totaled 110.58 points for the free skate. After competing among some of the top senior skaters in the world, Gold has her sites on improving over the summer in preparation for her first full season at the senior ranks.

“I’m excited to skate senior next year,” she said. “I will keep my training the same because it was working out well for me. I might add in some new tricks. We will see how it goes.”

The ladies crown went to Japan’s own Akiko Suzuki with World champion Carolina Kostner coming in third.

On behalf of Team USA, thank you to our fans for your constant support. To the people of Japan, your hospitality and kindness is appreciated this week and always.

Team USA displays their silver medals at ISU World Team Trophy 2012 (Photo by Renee Felton)

ISU World Team Trophy 2012 – Day 1

19 Apr

Thursday, April 19th – Yoyogi National Stadium – Tokyo, Japan

Useful Links

Twitter  #WTT12  | Event Page

Team USA Press Release   | Event Photos

Schedule (PDF)   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

In-event Team Standings | ISU World Team Trophy 2012 competition notes (PDF)

Welcome to World Team Trophy 2012! Everyone from skaters to coaches and officials to fans have caught the spirit of the event. Team pride abounds! Team USA is currently tied for first place with Team Japan (both teams have 45 points). Team France is in third with 35 points.

The event kicked off with the short dance and Team USA was led by four-time reigning U.S. champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Skating their short dance for the last time, Davis and White earned 72.18 points and won the segment. Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir finished second with 69.93 points and Natahlie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France finished third with 66.57.

After their performance, Davis and White expressed their desire to defend the title Team USA won at this event in 2009.

“We owe it to the team that came before us to do just as well and give it our best shot,” team captain White said. “We want to continue the excellence that America set in the first one.”

Davis added, “Something that is special about this competition is the team spirit. The atmosphere we are going to create. It’s going to be fun and different. Team USA also won the ‘spirit award’ last time so we are going to try for that.”

The crowd clapped along through every moment of Jeremy Abbott‘s swing-themed short program, and Abbott gave them a performance worth cheering for. He earned a season’s best 86.98 points and placed third in the segment. Afterward, he acknowledged the support of the crowd, saying, “For the Japanese fans, before I got on the ice, I could hear how excited they were and I thought they came here to watch good figure skating and I want to give them their money’s worth.”

Adam Rippon skated to his best international score of the season, earning 74.93 points for his “Korobushko” short program. Rippon is looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow – “Today was a little bit shaky. The more I’m here, the more comfortable I feel so I’m excited for tomorrow.”

Leading the men’s event is hometown hero Daisuke Takahashi, who earned 94.00 points for his “In the Garden of Souls” skate. He was the only skater to break the 90-point mark as two-time reigning World champion Patrick Chan of Canada placed second with 89.81 points.

Gracie Gold made her senior debut, at an international competition featuring the world’s best no less, and earned 59.07 points to lead off the ladies short program. Her teammates offered hardy congrats as she came off the ice, with White telling her she made it easy to cheer. She is in fourth place.

For her part, Gold was particularly happy with a solid triple flip-triple toe combination that opened the “Nutcracker” program – “When I land a really good flip, like I did today, it makes the triple toe easy for me. I love it when it’s like that.”

Ashley Wagner started her “Pollock” short program with a solid triple-triple combination. Despite a self-proclaimed “silly mistake” on her double Axel, Wagner earned 57.52 points and sits in place fifth place.

Wagner expects her a strong come-from-behind mentality to propel her into the free skate, a program that has become a signature piece of her career.

“I have put myself in a good spot. I attack more when I’m coming from behind,” she said. “As of now, I’m not sure if it’s going to be too large of a gap. We’ll have to see what I’m up against. Other than that, it’s one last chance to perform my program which is my favorite program of all time. It’s an honor to be here in Japan and to finish it here because I have so many fans who love it.”

The ladies field is led by Italy’s Carolina Kostner with 69.48 points and Japan’s Akiko Suzuki with 67.51.

Caydee Denney and John Coughlin kick off competition tomorrow for the U.S. with the pairs short program at 2 a.m ET, followed by the free dance at 3:25 a.m. ET and the men’s free skate at 5 a.m. ET. The ladies get a day off with the free skate coming as the event’s finale on Saturday.

Team USA’s Friday Start Times (all are ET)

Denney and Coughlin – 2:14 a.m.

Davis and White – 4:17 a.m.

Rippon – 5:49 a.m.

Abbott – 6:30 a.m.

ISU World Team Trophy 2012

18 Apr

Wednesday, April 18th –Yoyogi National Stadium– Tokyo, Japan

Useful Links

Twitter  #WTT12  | Event Page

Team USA Press Release   | Event Photos

Schedule (PDF)   |   Live Results/Starting Orders

Team Standings | ISU World Team Trophy 2012 competition notes (PDF)

What is the World Team Trophy?

The World Team Trophy made its debut in 2009 and is a team competition consisting of the top six figure skating teams from the current season. Teams consist of two ladies, two men, one pair and one ice dancing couple. Each skater/couple will compete with a Short Program/Short Dance and Free Skating/Free Dance. In each discipline, the top ranked skater(s) earns 12 points, the second ranked skater/couple receives 11 points and so on. The last ranked single skater gets one point, the last pair/ice dance couple gets 7 points. These points are added together to determine the winning team.

The U.S. won the inaugural World Team Trophy in 2009. This event was scheduled for last April in Japan, but was postponed following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. A modified version of World Team Trophy has been added to the schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Team USA Skate Times (Day 1, All times Eastern, Thursday a.m.)

Ice Dancing short dance will begin at 2:15 a.m.

Davis and White: 3:00 a.m

Men’s short program begins at 3:35 a.m.

Adam Rippon: 4:08 a.m.

Jeremy Abbott: 4:42 a.m.

Ladies short program begins at 5:40 a.m.

Gracie Gold: 5:47 a.m.

Ashley Wagner: 6:34 a.m.


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